By Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, June 14, GNA - The Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) Junior Division on Friday graduated 52 students after 18-week training in Junior Staff Course (JSC) 71 at its campus in Accra.
Among the graduates were two officers from the Republic of Botswana, and four from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The remaining were Ghanaian officers, with 40 of them drawn from the Ghana Army, The Ghana Navy and the Ghana Air Force.
The other six were from the National Security Secretariat, Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, and the Ghana Immigration Service.
Brigadier General M. N. Akpatsu, Assistant Commandant of Junior Division at GAFCSC, said the Junior Division aimed at training selected officers to perform staff functions by developing their leadership, analytical and communication skills, while providing the foundation for their subsequent career development.
He said the ‘JSC’ symbol could be compared favourably with similar standards with other militaries around the world.
He said the College was working out the modalities to upgrade the programme to a national internal security training programme at the tactical level.
Brigadier General Adjetey Annan (RTD), the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, congratulated the graduating students for their successful completion of the Course.
He said the course was one of the most significant career progression courses designed to make the students better and efficient officers.
“I am certain that the knowledge you have gained will put you in a good position to appreciate and effectively manage the multi-dimensional challenges that you are bound to face in your chosen career and elsewhere,” he said.
Brig Gen Annan said the successful management of the emerging security threats, including terrorism and kidnappings for ransom and misguided notions of instant wealth through human sacrifices, required the combined efforts of the traditional security and law enforcement agencies at the regional and international levels.
He said there was a need for collaborative efforts from the Security Agencies, the Judiciary, Environmental Protection Agencies, the Traditional Authorities as well as Civil Society groups, and the public, to be able to stem the tide of emerging threats.
Major Aron E Donkoh, won the overall best student at the end of the Course, with Lt Gen E Anyimadu following as the second best whilst Major G Sedor was adjudged the third best student.
Other award winners were; Major Fderderick Oppong Essel, winner of Everald award and ARO DS Akpaku as the Best Allied Security Services Student.